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With both schools established by 1928, this rivalry game includes the two oldest high schools in Polk County, Florida. After beating Lakeland in 4 of the last 5 meetings before the 2017 matchup, Kathleen went down to the Dreadnaughts 10-3 in a tight defensive matchup.  This year looks to be even more of a challenge to Kathleen with Lakeland possessing the number 2 running back in the country, Demarkus Bowman.


Dontevion Smith
Lakeland High School


Anthony Smith

Lakeland High School

Senior Anthony Smith plays the offensive line for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts football team, Anthony received many Division1 offers to play football including Army and the Navy Academy. Anthony has not made his decision yet on what school to attend. Anthony is currently holding a 4.2 GPA and plans to major in Law and attend Law school.
Javon Brown

Kathleen High School

Javon is a 4 year starter for the Kathleen varsity football team. Javon is a member of the varsity basketball and track team. In 2019, Javon represented Kathleen in the state finals. Javon currently holds a 4.2 GPA and plans to attend college to major in Sports Management.


Sid Kimbrell

Lakeland High School

Ray Lewis

Kathleen High School


Two of the most competitive teams in Florida faced off on a very damp Fall night in Lakeland. The Kathleen Red Devils were able to strike early in the first quarter but were unable to convert the extra point. The Lakeland Dreadnaughts quickly struck back with a touchdown of their own. With the number 3 ranked running back in the nation, Demarkcus Bowman put on quite a show scoring a multiple times to extend Lakelands' lead. By halftime, the Dreadnaughts had amassed 51 points to Kathleen's 6 points. Due to inclement weather, the game was called off before the 3rd quarter began. With a final score of 51-6, the Lakeland Dreadnaughts under Coach Castle completed their 18th undefeated regular season.